For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to put our leather straps away and go play—hopefully in the water. No watch says Summer better than a dive watch, and they go with everything from a seer-sucker suit and sock-less loafers to swim trunks and shades. We’ve rounded up ten divers, all costing less than $1,000, all ready to go everywhere you go and do everything you do during the sweltering months ahead.
Seiko “Mini Turtle”
Scaled down to 42.3 millimeters and gently redesigned, these SRPC references have been warmly dubbed “Mini Turtles” due to their resemblance to the larger Seiko Turtles. When a Seiko gets a nickname, you know it’s a hit. With 200 meters of water resistance, a hacking and hand-winding 4R35 movement with over 40 hours power reserve, and a Rolex-y date window magnifier, the Mini Turtle puts a new twist on that classic Seiko diver style.
Mk II Paradive
Take away everything but the bare essentials, balance the remaining elements in near perfect proportions, and then cut one of the sharpest bead-blasted cases on the market, and you get the MK II Paradive (read our review here). A tribute to the 1970s Benrus Type 1, the Paradive measures large at 44.5 millimeters wide and 15.54 thick, but it wears much smaller. 200 meters of water resistance and an auto-winding Seiko NE15 mechanical movement beg for summer fun—and abuse.